How to Reduce Your Home Heating Costs

Saving the planet and saving money go hand-in-hand when you reduce your home heating bill.

You will need

  • A furnace tune-up
  • A programmable thermostat
  • Heavy curtains or quilt blinds
  • A boiler blanket
  • Weather stripping
  • Caulk
  • Sweaters
  • An energy audit
  • Storm doors and windows

Step 1 Get your furnace tuned up Get your furnace tuned up before winter sets in. Doing this annually will keep your furnace running efficiently.

Step 2 Install a programmable thermostat Install a programmable thermostat so you can lower the heat when no one is home and at night while everyone is sleeping.

Step 3 Use curtains to regulate heat Close curtains and quilted blinds at night to help keep heat from escaping through windows. Open them during the day to let in the sun’s warmth.

Step 4 Cover your heating system Use a boiler blanket and pipe insulation to keep heat inside the heating system where it belongs. Before using a blanket, consult your owner’s manual—make sure the blanket you plan to use is safe for your boiler.

Step 5 Look into utility company rebates Look into your utility company’s efficiency programs. Many will pay for programmable thermostats and some even subsidize roof insulation.

Step 6 Seal cracks Hold a piece of toilet paper near windows and door frames to check for drafts. Sealing cracks with weather stripping can save big bucks.

Step 7 Fill outdoor cracks Review the outside of your home for cracks that are draining heat and caulk them.

Step 8 Clean radiators Keep baseboard heaters and radiators clean and make sure your furniture and curtains are not blocking the vents.

Step 9 Centralize your winter life Since pioneer times many a family has found warmth by gathering around a stove in winter. If you live in a big house, try sealing off little used rooms and/or an entire wing when the snow flies.